Gentlemen, here’s a tip for you: play it cool on your big night. Spiff up your look, get schooled on the art of fine dining and find out how to make your date swoon. It’s our ultimate guy’s guide to formals.
Take this quiz and find out what your date expects you to know about big dances like homecoming and prom.
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Dinner, dancing and dating advice for prom night.
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The invitation to the dance says "formal dress." You should wear:
A tuxedo. For a formal occasion, suit up in a tuxedo. Nothing says classy like a bow tie and cummerbund.
How early should you reserve a tuxedo before prom?
Try to reserve your tux at least two to three weeks before prom. The sooner, the better. If you haven’t discussed matching colors with your date, pick something neutral like classic black and white.
The average tuxedo rental is about:
The average tuxedo rental is about $100, though the price could go up with the quality of the tuxedo. Often, you’re required to put down a deposit.
You’re picking up your date, and it’s time to pin on the corsage. You should:
Corsages are pinned on the left shoulder. The pin doesn’t actually go through the flower, but over and through the fabric. Pin it up and out, and at a slant. (Tip: You can save yourself the trouble by getting a wrist corsage.)
Should you discuss who’s paying for prom costs with your date?
As a guy, you’re expected to pay for your clothing and your date’s corsage. Your date is responsible for the same. Anything after that is voluntary. Discuss splitting costs of tickets, dinner, transportation, etc., with your date (or party, if you’re going with a group) as soon as possible. Everyone will feel more comfortable if these costs are worked out before the big night.
What type of flower should you get for the corsage?
Get creative! Though carnations and roses are typical corsage choices, think outside the box and get something unique for your date.
What’s a boutonniere?
Flowers aren’t just for girls. On formal occasions, it’s traditional for guys to get a flower called a boutonniere. Your date will pin it on the lapel of your jacket.
What’s a cummerbund?
A broad sash worn with a dinner jacket, the cummerbund is a staple addition to any tuxedo. Now mainly a trendy accessory, the cummerbund was once worn by the social elite to hold opera tickets.
You and your party sit down for dinner. You should begin eating:
While dining in a fancy restaurant, wait until everyone in your party is served before digging in.
Always use your right arm to escort your date.
Use your left arm to escort your date to the dance floor in style.
At dinner, always start with the silverware farthest from your plate.
Always start from the outside, and work your way in, using the knife, fork or spoon farthest from your plate first.
When excusing yourself from the dinner table, leave your napkin on your plate.
Don’t show off your dirty napkin by dropping it on the table. Instead, leave it on your chair.
And finally, what should you always say to your date?
“You look nice. Thanks for being my date.” Always compliment your date and thank him or her for accompanying you.
Why is it called a tuxedo?
Tuxedo Park Country Club goers kicked off the trend during a 19th century New York black-and-white ball.
I am a girl and in the 7th grade but it was still fun to do the quiz! lol
I am terrible for questions about prom, and I am not even at that grade level for prom. I got a 6 out of 14.
i will love prom and now i know what questions to ask 2 weeks before prom to my girlfriend.
i am a girl but it was very helpful now i can quiz my boy for our special night so thanks
Im a girl, but it was still very nice to learn this! I would want to make sure my date knew the proper ways and terms for our special night!
Im never going to prom
can I go to prom with u?
yes of course. im so exited!!!!!:)